We all belong to a variety of communities. A neighborhood, workplace, service organization, hobbyist group, church, political organization, or even an online group are examples of communities to which we might belong.
Some communities thrive, fueled by the enthusiasm of its members. Others struggle, maintaining an existence based on history, necessity, or mild interest. Whenever I notice this difference between two of my communities, I find myself asking what makes one so much different than the other?
For a while in my life, I belonged to a church that really seemed to have it all together. To uncover its secrets, I called a staff person to talk about this community’s success. Here were our conclusions.
- The community has a powerful sense of purpose that encourages action. Members understand it, rally around it, and live it.
- Members take charge. They want to be involved. There are ample opportunities to be involved. They get involved.
- Gatherings are intentionally joyful and celebratory. They are fun to attend.
- When faced with challenges, the community continually asks itself how it can learn and become better by working through the challenge.
- The fear of “What will others think?” is rare.
- There’s plenty of straight talk about what is going on in the community.
- It stays focused outwardly, rather than inwardly.
Imagine implementing these ideals in your community or organization. It could unlock some amazing results.
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